3 step workflow RAW processing DxO and Nik Collection

DxO Photolab 2 has to be the best image processor on the market, you might say there are some as good as DxO Photlab 2 but there are none better when it comes to processing your files. I make a distinction between processing, editing and manipulating files.

The diagram below helps to explain the differences

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My image workflow and tool use like this

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The last two steps above are interchangeable depending on my final image.

This process allows me to take my RAW image, process it and output the file as a JPEG or TIFF for further work as necessary.

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In the example below, I have chosen to work with DxO and Nik Collection.

Original RAW file unprocessed and output as a JPEG
Panasonic Lumix GX8

I purposely underexposed the above image to ensure that I did not lose any detail in the highlights. Its a jpeg of a totally unedited RAW file, meaning that I have not applied any corrections or adjustments,  it is as shot. Using DxO Photolab I then did my initial corrections.

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DxO corrections (global) and local edits (u-point)

The great thing about DxO is that it applies a number of corrections based on tests of various camera and lens combinations and applies any number of corrections automatically, saving a lot of time in processing RAW images. I let DxO do it’s magic and then applied some local adjustmenst using DxO U-point technology and then output the file as a JPEG for further work in NIK collections.

And finally using NIK Color Efex Pro (the creative bit) I added a combination of filters

  • Bi-Color Filter
  • Darken/Lighten Center
  • Image Borders
  • Sunlight
  • Monday Morning

Giving me the final image below.

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Final image

Here is a before and after

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I like the end result, although the day was quite overcast there was a little bit of diffused sun peaking from behind the clouds o I set aabout enhancing this image by imging what it might look like with a setting sun.

I actually think that taking photos on a dull day can be very rewarding.

Let me know what you think too.

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